John Martin at UCLA 1965-1970

In the formative years of Modern Dance during the late 1920′s to 1940, John Martin was the most influential dance critic in America, writing for the New York Times from 1927- 1962.  He received his By-Line in 1930 after he…

UCLA Department of Dance From 1960-1990

There are as many histories of the Department of Dance at UCLA as there are students that have passed through the program and faculty who were an integral part of the program. What follows is one point of view that…

Notes on The Tap Renaissance

In January, 1979, the Jazz Tap Ensemble was created by three dancers and three musicians:  Lynn Dally, Camden Richman and Fred Strickler; Paul Arlanian, pianist, Tom Dannenberg, guitarist, and Keith Terry, percussionist.  They made their debut at Pacific Motion Dance…

Dancing With the UCLA Dance Faculty

In Part 1 of this article, Choreographer/Dancer/Educator Sharon Took-Zozaya recalls her studies with several members of the UCLA Dance Department Faculty from 1972 to 1975 as an undergraduate student, and during her graduate studies in Kinesiology between 1977-1978.  In Part…

Dance Kaleidoscope: A Personal History

It was an article in the LA Times about the state of dance in1988 and a comment from post modern choreographer Rudy Perez that first made me focus on the importance of the then defunct Dance Kaleidoscope Festival. Mr. Perez…

A Brief History of My Adventures in Dance Based in Los Angeles

Dance artist/educator Linda Gold writes about creating the Dance Department at Santa Monica College, dancing and performing in Los Angeles, her international work, her long association with Dr. Alma Hawkins, and her research on the work of Jack Cole.  Ms….

My Experience as a Los Angeles Dancer 1970-1985 (Part 1)

In this first article, Iris Pell, writes of her dance studies at California Institute of the Arts with Bella Lewitzky, founder of the School of Dance, where she also studied with Donald McKayle, and Mia Slavenska.  Iris was in the…

For My Daughter, Sarita

1 Three flights above the hardware store on Main Street a brown wooden door opens off a musty hallway into the studio.  There, my ten year old legs carry me to my first true home.  Splotches of light from three…

Working With Bella Lewitzky, 1967-1975

From 2004-2007, Fred Strickler spoke with dance historian Lizbeth Langston and videographer Robert Backstrand in a series of four video interviews about his life in dance.  This article on Bella Lewitzky is largely based on the January 2004 interview. The…

Amidst Flocks of Angels

A personal history in arabesque time (Part I) IN THE BEGINNING . . . The storefront ballet studio was in East Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights to be exact, across from Height’s Cooperative Nursery School where my mother brought me every…